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Talk about a “Tale of Two Cities”, how about a tale from two cities.
Yesterday, the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce hosted a public policy forum for about 350 people that included the leadership of the Oklahoma Legislature for the 2007 session.
If you were to read about the forum in both the Oklahoman City daily paper and the Tulsa daily, it would be easy to assume the writers were talking about two different meetings. The Oklahoman’s piece is called,” Lawmakers vow to work together” and is written by Jennifer Mock and the Tulsa World reporter Mick Hinton wrote, “Lawmakers sketch out main goals at forum”.
Each article had an entirely different flavor and slant, with Hinton of the Tulsa World remarking that the Republicans want to revisit “tort reform’ and tax “cuts” and Ms. Mock doesn’t’ say a thing about Cargill’s comments. She does report that there is genuine concern about selling water to Texas and Hinton doesn’t mention that issue at all.
This proves at least one thing. The minority of adults in Oklahoma who DO read the daily papers are at the mercy of the news editors and reporters, never mind the opinion editors and writers.
Tort reform, the straw man of the `let’s slam trial lawyers’ movement will be on the agenda of the RRWR as long as they have breath. As for taxes Speaker elect Cargill is a favorite of the Washington DC insiders at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), who want to eliminate the uniquely American concept of responsibly using the common wealth for the common good. Speaker elect Lance Cargill has pledged in writing to ATR, to do his part to destroy this concept that built this country’s military, infrastructure, education system, medical prominence, just to mention a few.
Let’s keep Texas out of our rivers and lakes and reign in Cargill’s fiscal policy ambitions.